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PHOTO OF THE DAY: DECORATION DAY

Nicole Schnabel works with a decorative snowman outside her Freeman home on what turned out to be a beautiful late-November day. Nicole and her husband, Travis, took advantage of the nice Nov, 28 weather to decorate for Christmas in front of their Relanto Street home. With the Dec. 25 holiday up next, more and more will be lighting up their homes for the season.

'FROSTY FEST' COMING TO FREEMAN DEC. 4

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

Those who want to get into the spirit of Christmas will have an opportunity to do so in Freeman next Friday, Dec. 4. A “Frosty Fest” is being planned from 5 to 8 p.m. that will include a number of family-friendly activities as well as retail specials from local businesses.

MENNO, SCOTLAND TO CO-OP IN FOOTBALL

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

The South Dakota High School Activities Association is expected to approve a new football cooperative between Menno and Scotland when the board meets in January. School boards from both schools unanimously OK’d the agreement at their regular monthly meeting held Monday, Nov. 9. The Menno vote was 5-0 and the Scotland vote was 7-0.

“That was a very joyous night for me,” said Menno Superintendent Tom Rice. “We are optimistically looking to the future.”

REMINDER: CITY ALTERS FRIDAY GARBAGE PICKUP

From the City of Freeman: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Friday, Nov. 27 garbage route for properties south of Sixth St. will instead take place on Mon., Nov. 30. The same Friday-to-Monday schedule shift will also be in place following Christmas and New Year's Day. Tuesday garbage routes will not be impacted.

 

 

FREEMAN PUBLIC SUSPENDS ALL INSTRUCTION, ACTIVITIES UNTIL NOV. 30

Freeman Public Schools will suspend all instruction — both in-person and remote — as well as all school-related activities the week of Nov. 23. Instruction will resume Monday, Nov. 30, although the district has not determined in what form.

SERVICE TO OTHER AT HEART OF LEAF-RAKING EFFORT

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

When Freeman Academy students and staff reported for school on Friday, Nov. 6 it was a different kind of day — and it had nothing to do with concerns about COVID-19. Instead, it was the school’s annual Community Service Day in which members of the student body and faculty fan out across the town to rake leaves.

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ORATORS COMPETING IN REGION 2B COMPETITION

Three performers/groups from Menno, two from Freeman Public and seven from Freeman Academy have all qualified for the Region 2B oral interpretation competition.

In a field of six competitors in the Non-Original Oratory division, Freeman Public’s Lily Wipf, Freeman Academy’s Samuela Ndongosieme and Menno’s Maggie Miller will each be competing for one spot in the state field.

OLD COURTHOUSE COMING DOWN

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

The building that served as the government home for Hutchinson County from 1881 through most of 2019 will be coming down.

Meeting in regular session Thursday, Nov. 5, the Hutchinson County Commission voted 4-0 to declare the former courthouse on Euclid Street surplus property, which will lead to its ultimate destruction and removal. Commissioner Steve Friesen told The Courier exactly when the building will be taken down will be based on room in the county’s budget, but it won’t be until sometime next year — possibly summer.

NEW: COVID-19 SURGE BEING FELT LOCALLY

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

Update: Since this story went to print, Menno Public School announced late Tuesday night that all students in grades 9-12 will be learning remotely and that all high school activities have been suspended until Nov. 30.

FREEMAN PUBLIC MOVES 5-12 STUDENTS TO REMOTE INSTRUCTION ONLY

Freeman Public Schools is moving to remote learning only for students in grades 5-12 beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17 for at least the week. This comes after seven new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the building Monday and several other new cases confirmed over the weekend.

District administration said it made the decision because of the number of new cases and the number of staff members impacted.